24 October 2011 Polarimetric, two-color, photon-counting laser altimeter measurements of forest canopy structure
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Proceedings Volume 8286, International Symposium on Lidar and Radar Mapping 2011: Technologies and Applications; 828629 (2011) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.913960
Event: International Symposium on Lidar and Radar Mapping Technologies, 2011, Nanjing, China
Abstract
Laser altimeter measurements of forest stands with distinct structures and compositions have been acquired at 532 nm (green) and 1064 nm (near-infrared) wavelengths and parallel and perpendicular polarization states using the Slope Imaging Multi-polarization Photon Counting Lidar (SIMPL). The micropulse, single photon ranging measurement approach employed by SIMPL provides canopy structure measurements with high vertical and spatial resolution. Using a height distribution analysis method adapted from conventional, 1064 nm, full-waveform lidar remote sensing, the sensitivity of two parameters commonly used for above-ground biomass estimation are compared as a function of wavelength. The results for the height of median energy (HOME) and canopy cover are for the most part very similar, indicating biomass estimations using lidars operating at green and near-infrared wavelengths will yield comparable estimates. The expected detection of increasing depolarization with depth into the canopies due to volume multiplescattering was not observed, possibly due to the small laser footprint and the small detector field of view used in the SIMPL instrument. The results of this work provide pathfinder information for NASA's ICESat-2 mission that will employ a 532 nm, micropulse, photon counting laser altimeter.
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David J. Harding, David J. Harding, Philip W. Dabney, Philip W. Dabney, Susan Valett, Susan Valett, "Polarimetric, two-color, photon-counting laser altimeter measurements of forest canopy structure", Proc. SPIE 8286, International Symposium on Lidar and Radar Mapping 2011: Technologies and Applications, 828629 (24 October 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.913960; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.913960
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